News for Thursday, January 10, 2002

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NIGHTLIFE

Today Chris LeBlanc plays Southern rock and blues at the Tugboat, 1860 Ski Time Square 21 and older only. Call 879-7070 for more information.

Fire calls drop in 2001

City sees fewer accidents on Rabbit Ears Pass, fewer wildland fires

The Steamboat Springs Fire Department had a decrease in calls in 2001, the first time in four years the number of calls has declined. Last year, the department responded to 610 fire calls, down 13 calls as compared to the record 623 firefighters responded to in 2000. Calls include motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies in addition to fires. Despite the drop, the number of calls in 2001 was still nearly 25 percent higher than the number of calls just two years ago.

Winter Walk

Joe and Ann Wills are distance runners and avid hikers, so snowshoeing from the base of Mount Werner to the gondola and over to 4 Points seemed like a good workout Monday afternoon.

New Orleans band brings jazz, funk flavor to town

Although the 35-year-old vocalist and Hammond B-3 organ player of Papa Grows Funk isn't ready to retire anytime soon, John Gros said he's not willing to drive a van across the country his entire music career either.

High school speech tournament on Saturday

Steamboat Springs High School will host the 21st annual Steamboat Invitational Speech Tournament Saturday. The speech team will be one of 13 teams from around the state competing in the tournament. Besides trying to perform their best in Saturday's competition, Steamboat students have the added pressure of making sure the tournament runs smoothly. Speech coach Shauna Lamansky said the team has been preparing all week by making signs, assigning judges, scheduling competitions and doing paper work.

Club sees membership jump

SSWSC grows by 100 skiers, riders

Rick DeVos and Sarah Floyd were prepared to mail out a recruitment brochure for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club last fall. But one day in October, they thought better of it. Winter Sports Club enrollment has jumped 20 percent this winter to 625 youngsters. That's 100 more skiers and riders than a year ago. "We were working on a marketing mailer to send to the entire valley," DeVos recalled. "I don't remember exactly at what point we called it off. But in October the numbers started rolling and all of a sudden we noticed, 'It isn't stopping.'"

Kicking the habit

Hospital program helps those who smoke, chew to quit

A program offered by the Yampa Valley Medical Center aims to assist people who want to quit smoking. Whether it is their first or their fifth attempt to quit, people looking for a new approach to giving up tobacco for good are encouraged to enroll in the six-session seminar. The "Stop Smoking/Stop Chewing Tobacco" program begins Tuesday and runs from noon to 12:45 p.m.

EDGE OF STEAMBOAT

Trekking down the catwalk

Earlier this week, about 10 people snowshoed along Mount Werner catwalks like a pack of wolves hunting prey. I was among them.

Freestyle competition gets started today

A full weekend of freestyle competition for area skiers kicks off at 10 a.m. today with an open mogul event on Mount Werner. The Rocky Mountain Freestyle Competition, a United States Ski Association sanctioned event, has three days of skiing for high school age skiers and older. Winter Sports Club Freestyle coach Wendy Allen expects more than 60 competitors for the events that will take place on Mount Werner's Voo-Doo run and Howelsen Hill. Teams from Winter Park, Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge and Telluride as well as area collegiate athletes will compete.

A numbers game

Short on wrestlers, Steamboat drops meet to Battle Mountain

With just four wrestlers matching up from Steamboat and Battle Mountain's low-manned teams, Thursday's regular match did not take long. But Sailor fans got to see plenty of action, as the two teams did not waste the chance to wrestle some new competitors and added on exhibition matches. "It was a great opportunity for us to get new blood to practice with," Sailor coach Jay Muhme said.

Allard bill could help preservation efforts

Federal legislation soon to be introduced in Congress could help secure Emerald Mountain's position in the state Land Board's stewardship trust, at least until the Emerald Mountain Partnership has the chance to try to save it. U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., is poised to introduce legislation that would amend the act that made Colorado a state in 1875 so that it would not conflict with the state's stewardship trust amendment. That act requires the state Land Board to use its lands to pay for public education.

The intriguing Chicarita

Dos' famous concoction a hit with locals

After sitting up late nights at Dos Amigos in the late 1980s testing various alcoholic concoctions, bartenders Chic MacMaster and Patrick Mueller found one that has been named the most popular drink in Steamboat Springs.

BRIEF POINTS

4-Points seeks recipes for new feature 4-Points is looking for locals with ordinary or extraordinary recipes for a new feature, "The Local Dish," coming soon in 4-Points. The Local Dish will feature locals' favorite recipes accompanied by a photo to share with readers. Please e-mail Kelly Silva at ksilva@steamboatpilot.com or call 871-4204 for suggestions and recipes.

Man charged with sexual assault

A 52-year-old Oak Creek man faces felony charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a teen-age girl and providing alcohol to minors. The man, who also faces a misdemeanor sexual assault charge, was arrested at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home after a teenage girl came forward to police Tuesday. The man appeared in Routt County Court Thursday. Judge James Garrecht set the man's bail at $20,000.

Report on Steamboat Springs area plan released

A report released by the city and the county on the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan meetings in November shows how active the local community has become in defining its future and how much work remains to be done. The report outlines the recommendations of more than 100 community members from Steamboat and the surrounding area who will sit on 10 issue groups to help determine what will go into the plan. The area plan touches on such issues as growth management, historic preservation and economic sustainability, serving as a document for both the city and county to reference in making policy decisions and analyzing development permits, among other issues.